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REPORT: AUDI QUATTRO CONCEPT ON PRODUCTION TRACK


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REPORT: AUDI QUATTRO CONCEPT ON PRODUCTION TRACK

By Drew Johnson

Audi’s Quattro throw-back made its concept debut at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, but it appears as though the rally-inspired coupe could be headed for a limited series production.

According to Autocar, Audi is planning to put the Quattro into limited production. A team of engineers are reportedly working on the coupe’s final design at the company’s headquarters in Ingolstadt, with final production set to take place at Volkswagen’s recently acquired ItalDesign facility in Milan.

“We are rethinking standard processes to make it possible,” Stefan Reil, head of development at Audi’s Quattro Gmbh division, said. “We know how to engineer it already.”

ItalDesign currently doesn’t have a production facility, but the Italy-based firm does have experience in low-volume production cars. BMW used ItalDesign to produce its original M1 supercar.

Like its concept counterpart, the production version of the Quattro would use plenty of aluminum and carbon, keeping its curb weight to 2,866 pounds. Audi’s turbocharged 2.5L five-cylinder would power the production, developing about 350 horsepower.

Production of the Quattro will be extremely limited, with no more than 500 examples planned. Pricing is expected to reflect that exclusivity, with Reil indicating a sticker as high as $133,000.

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